Sweet Potato Products
ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston has expanded its Sweet Things® sweet potato product line with three new styles: Sweet Potato Chips, medium-thick Crinkle Cut French Fries, and mildly seasoned Battered Dices. Call Lamb Weston at 800-766-7783 or visit www.lambweston.com.
Flav R Pac's Connoisseur Collection premium vegetable blends take the freshest vegetables and carefully add light sauces and vibrant herbs. Five varieties include Chalet Garlic Buttersauce, Baja Vegetable Roast, Harbor Lemon Dill Vegetables, Bistro Carrots and Sweet Potatoes and Tuscan Asiago Cream Vegetables. Visit www.flavrpac.com.
Plate Up Some Holiday Cheer
Ring in the holidays by adding festive flourishes to your desserts with Vanilla, Raspberry, Strawberry and Lime flavored Smucker's® PlateScapers® toppings. Available in holiday colors, PlateScapers toppings add seasonal drama to desserts that will thrill customers this holiday season. Get ideas at www.smuckerfoodservice.com or contact Smucker Foodservice Sales at 330-682-3000.
Hershey®'s Food Service introduces 10 new recipes highlighting the best of this baking season. The new recipes include unique chocolate applications, on-trend flavors and options that work for multiple foodservice segments, such as Chocolate Forest Cheesecake. Get inspired at www.hersheyfoodservice.com or call 877-772-3556.
Coffee Cakes To Go
Cold mornings call for hot coffee and Sweet Street's Classic Coffee Cake. Cinnamon's aroma comes specially wrapped in the tender, butter crumb of the new Individual Classic Coffee Cake rounds. Each is studded with deep pockets of gooey cinnamon beneath a crisp topping. The individual portions are perfect for grab-and-go sales. Learn more by visiting www.sweetstreet.com.
Perfect Salad Cheese
Fresh greens and BelGioioso American Grana® cheese make a perfect winter salad. This premium Parmesan is also the key to a Harvest Couscous Salad made with walnuts, fennel, cranberries and caramelized apples. This and more ideas are yours at when you visit www.belgioioso.com or call 877-863-2123.
Score With Avocados
Football and Fresh Hass Avocados are a great team. Nutty and creamy Hass Avocados lend taste and texture to exciting menu items such as Avocado Egg Rolls. For a Big Game promotion, contact the Hass Avocado Board at 800-370-3782. Or check out other promotional ideas at www.avocadocentral.com/foodservice.
Holiday Menu Ideas
Kraft Foodservice and Nabisco Crackers offer a host of holiday menu ideas made with favorite brands such as Ritz and Honey Maid. Recipes, from Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp to Festive Pumpkin Cheesecake are available at www.kraftfoodservice.com.
Discover Dole's Pledge
As Dole Food Company grows, so does its impact on global economies, communities and the environment. Over a century ago, Jim Dole founded a company based on principles of proven quality and impeccable ethics. Since then, Dole has fulfilled James Dole's compassionate and far-sighted pledge. Dole invites you to learn more about its Corporate Social Responsibility programs and achievements at www.dolecsr.com.
The first Callebaut Chocolate Academy in the U.S. opened in Chicago this October. The Academy seeks to inspire artisans, pastry chefs, confectioners, bakers and caterers and shares Callebaut's passion for fine chocolate. Students will improve their skills and techniques and learn about the latest chocolate-making trends. For a course book, call 866-443-0460.
Fishery Products International's Rock Crab offers foodservice professionals flexibility with its sweet flavor and juicy texture. It's an easy way to meet guest demand for a lower-cost crab entree or appetizer. Visit www.fisheryproducts.com.
Well Pict Berries introduces a new two-pound strawberry clamshell designed to reduce shipping costs. And for the first time, Well Pict also introduces winter strawberries from Florida. Meeting the same high standards for quality as its California berries, Well Pict's Florida berries will ship December to February to boost winter availability. Call 831-722-3871.
Frymax Sun Classic Creamy Liquid Shortening from ACH provides improved mouthfeel and product finish, excellent fry life and zero grams of trans fat per serving. A patented process was developed to remove impurities, improving flavor and increasing fry life. Visit www.ACHfood.com.
Value Potato Products
Potato dishes are holiday staples, and Idahoan® Potatoes from Simplot are the perfect solution for operators who are conscious of food costs. Idahoan mashed potatoes and casserole dishes complement any holiday meal and can be prepared quickly and more economically than scratch. Holiday recipes are available at www.simplotfoods.com.
Let guests indulge with less guilt this season with offerings such as reduced-calorie apple pie or reduced-calorie pumpkin nog. Equal makes it easy to offer lower-calorie alternatives with a one-lb. box perfect for restaurants. Call 888-658-1948 or visit www.equal.com.
Olive Oil Innovation
California Olive Ranch offers a new foodservice package for its award-winning, certified extra virgin olive oil. Like the wine industry's bag-in-a-box design, COR's package keeps out oxygen, improving freshness and flavor and extending shelf life. Call 916-239-2999 for more information.
Small Plate Inspiration
Tyson Food Service introduces “Small Wins Big,” its fourth platform in the “Ideas @ the Heart of Value” series. Remember the old adage: “Less is more?” It's the reason consumers and operators alike are loving small plates. Give guests a big reason to indulge. “Small Wins Big” provides ideas to help you profit from the small plates trend. Visit www.smallwinsbig.net.
Raise The Bar
Vollrath introduces Elevation Stands, the perfect way to elevate food display bowls above the everyday buffet line. The stands feature a heavy-duty wire frame with three tiers set at different heights, plus various adaptor plates to display bowls of different sizes and shapes. Call 866-VOLLRATH or visit www.vollrathco.com.
Top Coffee Service
Wilbur Curtis takes gourmet coffee service to a new level with the contemporary and stunning Curtis Milano. Combining an inspired design with the celebrated G3 technology famous for precision controlled brewing, the Curtis Milano delivers consistent gourmet results. Call 800-421-6150 or visit www.wilburcurtis.com.
Whip Hot & Cold
iSi North America has added the Thermo XPress Whip to its line of high-quality food whippers. The Thermo XPress boasts a one-quart capacity and is perfect for advanced preparation of creams and sauces. Find out more at www.isinorthamerica.com or call 800-447-2426.
Georgia-Pacific Food Service Solutions introduces the SmartStock dispenser carousel, a space-saving addition to the company's popular suite of SmartStock and SmartStock Ultra dispensers. The carousel makes the most of tight spaces and rotates full circle in both directions. An optional floor stand is available. Call 800-257-9744 or visit www.gppro.com.
Custom, Heated Wells
Hatco Modular/Ganged Heated Wells are full-size units grouped together in a modular fashion to provide a complete steam table contained within one piece of equipment. The units are offered in configurations from one to five pans. Find out more at www.hatcocorp.com or call 800-558-0607.
Fisher Pre-Rinse Units have been essential to quick, successful kitchen clean-ups for more than a decade. Fisher has a variety of pre-rinse systems with standard add-on faucets and valves. Fisher Pre-Rinsers offer intense sprays and reduced water and energy use. Call 800-421-6162 or log on to www.fisher-mfg.com.
Hoshizaki America introduces the Pass Thru Reach-In Refrigerator Series. Offering multiple door configurations, including full and half glass doors, and full and half height solid stainless steel doors, the series provides 23 cubic feet of useable storage space. Learn more at www.hoshizaki.com.
Cardinal International brings on the romance with its new f&d Sweetheart Carafe. The f&d Sweetheart Carafe is designed to hold two glasses of wine, has a 13.25-oz. capacity and measures 6.3''. Visit Cardinal International at www.cardinalglass.com or call 973-628-0900.
Share Tips, Success
Procter & Gamble Professional introduces the new Dawn Shining Stars Club, a celebration of Dawn's 30 years in foodservice. Club members may access “Moments of Shine” submitted by foodservice professionals from across the country, and can submit their own insights and success stories. Join at www.dawncelebrations.com or call 800-817-6710.
Stylish, yet strong and functional, Rubbermaid Commercial Products' new Executive Service Cart is right for back- and front-of-the-house uses. Accessories include Bus/Utility Boxes, Refuse and Utility Bins. Learn more at www.rcpworksmarter.com.
Electrolux, CIA Partner
In September, Electrolux Professional and The Culinary Institute of America hosted a Culinary Immersion Program for a group of top kitchen designers, engineers and chefs at the CIA's Hyde Park, NY campus. The program included presentations and demonstrations on Electrolux Professional equipment in conjunction with a hands-on, world-class culinary experience guided by chef David Bruno of the CIA.
J&J Snack Foods has appointed Robyn Shreiber vice president--national accounts. Shreiber joins the foodservice sales team and will lead its partnership with new and existing national account customers across the U.S. for all of J&J Snack Foods' product lines. Shreiber's resume includes positions at Certi-Fresh Foods and Contessa Premium Foods.
Advance Food Co.
Advance Food Company, producer of value-added beef, poultry, pork, lamb, veal and bakery items for foodservice, has opened a new $84 million plant featuring five large-capacity production lines.
New Nestlé Facility
Nestlé Professional™ has opened a new Customer Innovation Campus at the company's Solon, OH, headquarters. Company professionals, including chefs, food technologists, product developers, culinary management and marketing experts at the new 67,000-square- foot facility will collaborate with Nestlé foodservice customers to provide creative branded food and beverage solutions.
Hormel Foods Corp. has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America and has selected 16 chefs for the inaugural class of the Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program. The innovation-focused program has been created to build future culinary leaders. The 18-month program will be held at the CIA's Hyde Park, NY campus.
Inc. magazine has included Monin Gourmet Flavorings in its recent ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in America. The Inc. 5000 has been a benchmark of innovation for fast-growing companies for the last 27 years.
Ocean Garden Authentic Mexican Shrimp will be available with the start of the 2008-2009 Mexican shrimp season. Mexico's Fisheries Commission, state authorities and fishermen collaborate to determine optimal season start dates, which are staggered by area, for wild catch. These, along with other responsible practices, underscore Ocean Garden Products' commitment to sustainability.
Hoshizaki Europe Holdings B.V., headquartered in Amsterdam, has acquired the Danish commercial refrigerator manufacturer Gram Commercial A/S. New refrigerator sales are expected to increase Hoshizaki's market share in Europe. Hoshizaki expects to offer new product lines to the European market as a result of the acquisition.
Tyson Foods helped to supply more than 3.2 million meals for Texas and Gulf Coast residents affected by recent hurricanes. Twenty-six truckloads of Tyson chicken and pork were delivered to food banks in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi last fall as part of the company's ongoing commitment to hunger relief with Tyson's Feeding America program.
Jennifer Mann has been promoted to vice president, strategy and development for Coca-Cola FoodService. Mann has been with The Coca-Cola Company for 11 years. In her new position, Mann manages the evolving customer bundle in the innovation pipeline, as well as annual and long-range business planning and analysis. She also works with on-premise channels such as workplace, education, amusement and recreation, and specialty retail.